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When trying this : How to install the same softwares in 12.04 which were there in 10.04? , after fetching all the packages, during the process of unpacking, my 2.88GB /var partition ran out of space completely.

Now when I try to run an upgrade or even a partial upgrade of the softwares that I have downloaded, my update manager is crashing and failing complaining that I do not have enough memory left in my /var partition which unfortunately, is true.

Is there a workaround for this problem? Attaching a screen shot of my hard drive partitions : enter image description here

/dev/sda11 is the one that has run out of space.

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Your root partition seems to have more disk space. Boot into recovery console, mount /dev/sda10 and /dev/sda11 somewhere, copy all data keeping permissions from /dev/sda11 to /var directory on /dev/sda10.

Then edit /etc/fstab to comment out the line which mounts /var. Reboot. Have fun.

To prevent this from happening in the future, I would then delete /dev/sda10 and resize your root partition to use those additional 2.8Gb. There's really no benefit in having a separate /var partition if you have that little disk space.

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Well, I followed the obvious way of jumping back to my 10.04 and shrank the 12.04 root partition and allocated that space to /var. Then I came back in to 12.04 and tried this :

sudo apt-get -u dselect-upgrade

However, that told me I had messed up dpkg and I had to manually run

sudo dpkg --configure -a

in order to clean the mess up. I did so and again ran the first command which resulted in everything being installed correctly and peacefully. :)

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